Monday, April 22, 2013

Finish work...



The cabin house windows are installed! (With the exception of the center opening window... )

We finished epoxying the 3/8ths marine plywood skin around the roof overhang.  The 15 panels were epoxy coated, primed with Awlgrip Awlquick and sanded out to 220 grit prior to being mounted, to save overhead sanding.    We will spend the next few days pulling fillets in the inside and outside corners and touching up where the seams go together.  The seams are backed with 1/2 inch marine plywood butt blocks to keep them both fair and strong. 


The temporary 2x4 posts holding the rear overhang have been replaced with douglass fir uprights skinned in 1/2 inch marine plywood and fiberglassed all over and tabbed to the deck. The longitudinal beams underwent the same treatment.  The pink colored putty you see is Awlgrips Awlfair.  The support posts have 5/8ths stainless rod running through the center, with stainless backing plates top and bottom to keep things firmly attached to the deck. The top nuts and coupler inside the beams are TIG welded in place so the only nut that could be tightened are those under the deck.  In the continued spirit of overkill, we mounted a backing block between the deck beams built up of laminated marine plywood, and installed a stainless strap across the blocking to the neighboring deck beams.  A similar stainless strap is mounted on the top end.


The rear posts and beams are ready for primer, and the 10 foot by x 9 foot center section is awaiting wiring for the stern light, deck lights, and speakers.  We have 2 sheets of 5 foot by 10 foot marine plywood waiting to be faired, primed and installed.

- Zach

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New window frames Spring 2013

Noel is for Sale.  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1942-Coast-Guard-Cutter-Classic-Wheeler-83-Footer-/221212537571?pt=Power_Motorboats&hash=item33814b72e3

We are still actively working towards completion.

The front windows framing have been redone.  We replaced the sill, the support posts and all the internal framing.  I broke my camera for the demolition process, 

The sill is 2 inch thick mahogany, the posts are made of salt treated pine skinned in 1/2 inch plywood.  The window mouldings are made of 3/4 marine plywood.  The inner and outer top band was replaced with laminated plywood, 3/4 thick on the inside and 1/2 inch thick on the outside made of multiple layers.  Everything was then fiberglassed with epoxy and sanded to perfection currently awaiting window glass installation.  The outside trim is made out of PVC, filled, faired, sanded and painted to match the inner openings.  When the weather see's fit to give us 70 degrees night time temperatures the new glass will go in. 

We have the 3/8ths plywood skin for the roof overhang fitted.  15 sheets of 3/8ths marine grade, resin coated, sanded, primed and sanded... out to 220 grit.  They will be going up this week, glued and filleted in.

More pictures to come.